Morning meeting continues with days of the week, months of the year, complete date, days of school, skip counting, tallying, weather, safety review, and Parsha Role play. Children are becoming quite familiar with the calendar and even remind me when I miss something!
This week’s pen Circle was designated to safety. We talked about the importance of knowing what to do for a fire or lock-down drill, as well as why it is ALWAYS important for a child to ask a teacher if the need to leave the classroom. The children are aware of the classroom/school expectations for each of these events and are ready to impress us at the next drill!
Math for Things 1 continues to focus on number recognition. This week we focused on numbers 6-10, and how to represent them in word, numeric, and pictorial forms.
Things 2 are continuing to develop a sense of addition with the symbols and vocabulary. For example, when we hear the word “altogether” that is a sign that we will be adding and using the + symbol. They also know that the = symbol means “the same as”. With this knowledge they have been able to solve simple addition equations and understand that it means to see 3+2=2+3. they have also learned a new method of addition called “The Counting On Method.
This week we really took a great deal of time to observe….OURSELVES! We have spoken so much about the type of people we are, and want to be, on the inside that it was time we take a look at the outside. Even though we all know that our outward appearance has nothing to do with the type of people we are, it is in fact part of what makes us unique and special. Children were provided with mirrors and a brief lesson on how to create a self portrait. These amazing works of art will be prominently displayed at the HaShem Sheli program.
Things 1 continues to work on the previously introduced sight words. (the, is, it, a, as, is).
Things 2 spent the week learning about the short /e/ sound and quizzed on Wednesday. I must say they are ALL doing an amazing job with learning the words!
Braishit, our Torah portion, is a great dramatic story. We watched 2 godcasts and our role play included: Adam, Eve, God, the snake, the apple tree, the sun, the moon, the animals, Cain and Abel. We played the theme song from Rocky for the emergence of Adam, and “I am Woman”, “Pretty Woman”, and “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” for Eve.
The Shlichim did an activity involving sea and land — which tied in nicely with the parsha. We discussed “I am my brother’s keeper” as one of the themes of this parsha.
We learned and chanted parts of Hallel and the Hoshanot, special liturgy for Hol Hamoed Sukkot. For example, we learned the words and tune for “Hoshia et Amecha” and circumambulated around our Keshet classroom — and the chapel — in celebration.
We continued to learn about and celebrate Sukkot. We made a point to spend some time each day in the Sukka, with the associated brachot — Leshev BaSukka and Shehehiyanu. We also read books, sang, laughed, enjoyed, and ate in the Sukka, as commanded.
We talked about Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which we read on the Shabbat of Sukkot — and sang and danced to the song “Turn Turn Turn” by the Byrds, which is based directly on Kohelet. It’s about, among other things, how the truly important things in life are not at all material or cosmetic, but rather about our relationships (with God and people) and more ephemeral — like the sukka.
We will begin to talk about rain and the new liturgy that begins after Shmini Azeret — Mashiv Haruach uMorid Hagashen.
We had a special treat this past Wed. when got to sing 4 songs in Hebrew with Hillel’s dad Nadav, who accompanied on guitar. I am happy to send you the audio and words to these 4 songs, upon request, for your continued enjoyment over Yom Tov.
Week 1:bathing suit בֶּגֶד יָם waves גַּל surfboard גַּלְשָׁן sand חוֹל sunscreen קְרֶם הגנה
Week 2: toys צַעֲצוּעַ bucket דְּלִי fish דָּג chair כִּסֵּא sun שֶׁמֶשׁ
Week 3:Nitzavim: today היום covenant בְּרִית nation עם water מַיִם land אֶרֶץ Vayelekh: to speak דִּבֵּר holiday חַג ear אֹזֶן land אֲדָמָה tent אֹהֶל
Week 4: Vocabulary: eagle נשר oil שֶׁמֶן milk חָלָב ear אֹזֶן borders גְּבוּל
Week 5: fun כֵּיף turtle צָב water מַיִם balloon בָּלוֹן ball כַּדּוּר
Week 7: welcome בָּרוּךְ הַבָּא guests אוֹרֵחַ sukka סוכה lulav לולב etrog אתרוג
Thank you, Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!!
Morah Beth and Morah Miriam